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Critters (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 April 1986 (USA)
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A group of small but vicious alien creatures called Crites escape from an alien prison transport vessel and land near a small farm town on earth, pursued by two shape-shifting bounty hunters.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writers:

Domonic Muir (story by), Domonic Muir (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dee Wallace ... Helen Brown (as Dee Wallace Stone)
M. Emmet Walsh ... Harv
Billy Green Bush ... Jay Brown
Scott Grimes ... Brad Brown
Nadine Van der Velde ... April Brown
Don Keith Opper ... Charlie McFadden (as Don Opper)
Billy Zane ... Steve Elliot
Ethan Phillips ... Jeff Barnes
Terrence Mann ... Johnny Steele / Ug
Jeremy Lawrence ... Preacher
Lin Shaye ... Sally
Michael Lee Gogin Michael Lee Gogin ... Zanti
Art Frankel Art Frankel ... Ed
Douglas Koth Douglas Koth ... Bowler #1
Montrose Hagins ... Organist
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A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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They eat so fast, you don't have time to scream. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Critter emerging from the toilet is likely an homage to Ghoulies (1985), a similarly-themed movie that used small monsters coming out of the toilet as their marketing strategy to promote the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 49 mins) When the Browns decide to hit the road, the front door locks behind them. Later when Brad reopens the door for everyone, he unlocks different locks. See more »

Quotes

[Dad and son walking through pasture at night, before encountering a decomposed cow]
Jay Brown: Smells like oil burning.
Brad Brown: Smells like cow crap to me, Dad.
Jay Brown: Shhh!
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Crazy Credits

After the very end of the credits, once the theme has ended followed by the title, you can hear the sounds of alien critters laughing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes an alternative ending (hidden as an Easter Egg). See more »


Soundtracks

Power of the Night
Written by Terrence Mann, Richie Vetter and Dodie Pettit
Performed by Mann
Produced by Richie Vetter for East Coast Productions, Inc.
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Amusing Sci-Fi Horror Thriller with an Sense of Humor.
3 August 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

Eight flesh eating aliens has escaped from a maximum security prison in space! These aliens are traveling to Earth to eat anything living. The Brown Family (Dee Wallace Stone, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine van de Velde) are being stalked and trapped in their own farm house. The only ones that could help The Brown Family is a shape- shifting trigger happy bounty hunters that could help destroy the aliens.

Directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Life or Something Like It, Mr. Holland's Opus) made an genuinely well made low-budget sci-fi/thriller with comedic overtones. This film was a small box office success. The film went on to be a Cult Favorite. Also starring in this film is M. Emmet Walsh as a Sheriff, Terrence Mann as the lead Bounty Hunter and Don "Keith" Opper as Charlie. Which Opper did some additional writing for this film. Lin Shaye from "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary" fame has a bit part. Watch for Billy Zane has a bit part as well.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (Also in Pan & Scan) and an good digitally remastered:Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. DVD also includes an alternate ending as a hidden feature. "Critters" is amusing knock-off to "Gremlins" but done extremely well, despite it's low budget. Written by the director and Domonic Muir. From a Story by Muir. Robert Shaye (The Then-Founder of "New Line Cinema") executive produced the film. This is worth seeing. Followed by Three Sequels. (*** ½/*****).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,618,800, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:

$13,167,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,167,232
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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